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Sinus Infection Symptoms: Dizziness, Headaches, Fatigue, and More

Updated on September 5, 2014

All your questions answered about the side effects of a sinus infection

When one experiences a severe sinus infection, the side effects and symptoms can be just as bothersome as the infection itself. These symptoms include but are not limited to: dizziness, fatigue, tooth pain, fever, pink eye, high blood pressure, and jaw pain. Though these symptoms may be just a normal side effect of your sinus infection, they may also be indicative of a deeper problem. As such, if you have any of the aforementioned symptoms, I would advise a precautionary visit to your doctor.

In this article, I will detail the various sinus infection side effects and the reason for their occurrence. If you have experienced a side effect I have not listed here, please let me know so I can add it to the list.

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Q. Can sinus infection cause sore throat?

Sinus Infection Symptoms: Sore Throat

While a sinus infection, being limited to the nasal passages, will not directly give you a sore throat, the mucus which drips down the back of your throat (called post nasal drip) as a result of the sinus infection may cause redness and irritation, just as the common cold might.

Those who constantly suffer from thick post nasal drip and bad breath due to sinusitis are said to be suffering from Ethmoid Sinusitis. It is so called because the blockage that forces mucus down your throat occurs between the ethmoid sinuses of your nose.

If the pain and redness in your throat becomes severe, you may also have tonsillitis. Since sinusitis causes bacteria-infested mucus to flow down the throat, the tonsils can often become infected as a result.

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Q. Can sinus infection cause eye infection?

Sinus Infection Symptoms: Eye Infection

In very rare cases, yes, a sinus infection can cause an eye infection. This type of infection is called an orbital infection or orbital cellulitis.

Orbital infections occur when pressure is put on the optic nerve, causing temporary or permanent loss of vision and loss of movement of the eye. The eyelid may also become droopy and swollen. Fever and illness usually accompany an eye infection due to sinusitis.

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Q. Will sinus infection cause dizziness?

Sinus Infection Symptoms: Dizziness

If you are experiencing dizziness during a sinus infection, it is a sign that you have an ear infection. During a severe sinus infection, fluids may build up in the ear, putting pressure on the vestibular labyrinth, the part of the ear which regulates balance. Loss of balance will cause you to experience vertigo, dizziness, and nausea.

Since dizziness only occurs with extremely severe sinus infections, and is far from a normal side effect, a prompt visit to the doctor is recommended. He or she will provide antibiotics to eliminate the infection.

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Q. Can sinus infection cause fever?

Sinus Infection Symptoms: Fever

Yes, a low grade fever is quite common during a sinus infection, thought it may not be present in every case. I, for one, never get a fever when I come down with a sinus infection, no matter how strong.

The fever is caused by the body attempting to eliminate the bacteria that has built up in the sinuses.

There is no cause for alarm as long as the fever stays below 101 degrees F (38.3 degrees C).

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Q. Can sinus infection cause headaches?

Sinus Infection Symptoms: Headaches

Headaches, or more specifically face pain, is extremely common during a sinus infection, and is one of the factors that differentiates a sinus infection from the common cold. These headaches are caused by the pressure created by the accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities of your face. The four sinus cavities are: the maxillary sinuses, ethmoid sinuses, frontal sinuses and sphenoid sinuses.

Often, the pain will increase with sudden movements of the head. The pain is also amplified when you bend over. Pain-killers are usually helpful in reducing the pain, and antibiotics can help reduce inflammation and infection, subsequently decreasing the pressure put on your sinuses.

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Q. Can sinus infection cause fatigue?

Sinus Infection Symptoms: Fatigue

Fatigue is a very common side effect of sinusitis, as the body is using all of its resources to fight the bacteria that has accumulated in the sinuses. Just as with influenza, the body requires rest to fight the infection. As such, it is normal to feel more tired than usual when your sinus infection is at its worst.

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Q. Can a sinus infection cause high blood pressure?

Sinus Infection Symptoms: High Blood Pressure

A sinus infection on its own will not cause your blood pressure to rise. What will cause an increase in blood pressure are the oral decongestants you take to liberate the nasal passages. Decongestants shrink blood vessels to keep the nasal passages open, making it difficult for the blood to flow. For those already prone to high blood pressure, decongestants can be dangerous and should not be taken without consulting a physician first.

A viable substitute to decongestants are antihistamines such as Benadryl and Claratin which have no effect on the heart. If you want to avoid medication completely, hot showers, breathing in steam, and nasal sprays are all excellent options. To see a thorough list of sinus infection remedies, visit the article: Effective Sinus Infection Remedies for the Sinusitis Sufferer

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Q. Can a sinus infection cause tooth pain?

Sinus Infection Symptoms: Toothache

As a first hand sufferer of sinusitis, I can say with complete certainty that, yes, sinusitis does cause tooth pain. The pain is similar to a constant dull throbbing during the worst moments of my sinus infection, which becomes much more acute if I bend over to pick something up off the floor or turn my head too quickly.

Toothaches are common when the maxillary sinuses are affected by a sinus infection. This is because the maxillary sinuses are in direct contact with the roots of the molars and premolars. To see whether it is actually the tooth or a sinus infection that is causing the pain, dentists check the tooth to see if it has cavities. If it appears healthy, they may take an X-ray to confirm that it is sinusitis.

Tooth pain due to sinusitis will only begin to go away when the sinus infection itself begins to clear up. This can be achieved using the methods presented in this article: The Best Sinus Infection Remedies for the Sinusitis Sufferer.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      Yes. Fine lens. If bad fortune brings another one my way some day, I'll be better prepared.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      I don't get them chonically, but once in a while I will get a sinus infection... they aren't nice, and it's amazing how many other symptoms can be tied together.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had an episode of severe vertigo and almost blacked out and the became extremely diaphoretic. And my blood pressure is going extrwmely low for me as i have high blood pressure and diabetes type 2

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I started having a sore throat and sinus pressure 3 days ago. Yesterday, I noticed that It hurt when I applied moisturizer to my face and last night, when I combed my hair, I had pain in my scalp. Have you ever heard of this? The scalp pain is similar to the pain you get when you wear your hair in a ponytail pulled to tightly.

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have never heard of this to be honest. It could have something to do with sinus pressure along your forehead, but if I were you, I'd see a doctor if it persists.

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      Lots of information...and it's coming up on the worst time of year for colds and sinus trouble.

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      There is a lot of great information on sinusitis here. Thank you for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can a sinus infectioncause light headedness?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes. i think I have a sinusitus. It is very consistent with what the article have stated. I guess I have to continue taking medicines my doctor gave me. The tooth ache is spot on. I have healthy teeth and it seems that I have a throbbing sensation with my left-upper molars and pre-molars. It's not too painful but is noticeable. It feels like that I have bitten hard on something and didn't let go for hours.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Wish I had seen the bit about toothaches before I spent money at the dentist... only to be told to visit my medical doctor for sinus congestion. Then again, another time I thought (hoped) it was a sinus-related toothache... and ended up needing a root canal. Good info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you! My teeth are not in the best of shape but begun hurting when a sore in my mouth developed, just as my sinus infection got bad. Was thinking possibly an abcess until I read this...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sinus infection can sometimes be treated with home remedies. Here is a great article on home remedies for sinus infection.yourhomeremedies.net/effective-home-remedies-for-sinus-infection

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband has terrible sinus infection and he got dizzy spells. I got a bit concerned so I started reading. I learned much here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      before reading this article i thought all this dizziness is due to late night sleeps.i went to doc and when i told him about my problem he started asking me about my sleeping habits.now i realize its all due to sinus problem :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The toothaches are actually your sinuses. I suffer from chronic sinusitis. I was confused as to why in the world my teeth would hurt, my dr explained that what I thought was my teeth hurting was actually the sinus cavities. They sit right above your teeth.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      With the year of 2000 I awoke seeing clearly; although everything was spinning in my eyes. So much so, I sensed I was dying. I immediately arose from the prone position, sitting and the experience no longer existed. If I attempted to go to the prone position I would have the same experience; though as long as I was standing, sitting I was okay. When I would go to the prone position I would experience the same experience. I actually thought I was going to die. Consulting a doctor, she sent me for a head scan. I told a person that I could not lay and the reason why. I attempted to lay and when resting the head on two pieces of rest, there was not the experience I had previously experienced. It seemed to me that applying pressure at the back of the two points of rest, cancelled the problem. Later, when consulting the doctor, I mentioned my discovery. She reported that she thought she knew the problem; however, there was no research available so she had no reference or information as to my problem. Although, she spoke that it will go away, and maybe return in a year or ten years, etc. For four months following, I sat when sleeping, until one day the problem was no longer with me. Now, one and a half months past. I awoke one morning, arose and sensed I was greatly dizzy. Like I had little control of standing upright. My Equilibrium was very difficult to maintain. Attempting to walk, dressing, I began to get more control of this self. When the days were sunny and the temperature was warm I held better sensations during the day. Actually, there was no evidence of that problem. However, at night - I am hairless- so use a knit hat- I would experience the problem. When the days were of intermittent sun, and cold temperature, windy; my problem would be worse. Today, the sun is intermittent; it is windy, the temperature chilly, and coming from the prone position I had worse experience than some time past. At this time I am sensing loss of Equilibrium, legs are weak as if I am going to fall, these two eyes are aching, and this head is light, slightly dizzy. I had consulted a person representing themselves as a doctor and was given some antihistamines. I have been reluctant to use. I have had plugged nostrils throughout many years and learned to deal with that; however, that is not the problem here. As I type my nostrils are clear -have been. I think my condition is serious. Thoughts are that I may be experiencing bacterial meningitis, although in more than one area. Like; sinus cavity's, lymph nodes, behind the eyes/nerves, and in the nerve system. I have Peripheral Neuropathy/nerve disorder from chemicals when serving in Vietnam one of my many gifts from tour in Vietnam. Well, what the hell is my problem dealing with the above? Is antibiotics an answer? Can a neurologist provide info? Who may help and advise a course to a solution. I want to address the problem; I am not looking for a crutch. Thanx for reading. I remain appreciative.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I too have sinus infection and clear nasal passages. My head CT showed the infection to be in the deeper sinuses, but antibiotics, claratin and a nasal spray were prescribed along with a repeat of the head CT in a month. If I were you I would go to the doctor.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Tina

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Carol. My question is - I have severe dizziness, fatigue with any activity, and not sleeping well and have no energy. I have chronic sinusitis since Nov 2012

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I've visited your lens before and had to come back as today I have a severe bout of sinusitis - grr. Off to check your other remedies as I can't take any decongestants at the moment - sigh. Sudafed works wonders normally but again I can't take that at the moment. My poor head thanks you :-(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm not sure if I have one, but I think its plausible. Lately there's been a lot of wildfire smoke in the air and I could certainly see how it could affect my sinuses. My head, face, and especially eyes hurt and have been for about five days straight. I'm tired all day, and I can't sleep due to the pain. I'm extremely dizzy at times and I feel like I can barely speak coherently, my memory is sucking at the moment, short term. I'm really pondering seeing the doctor because I feel awful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dose it affect sexual activity?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I had high blood pressure before taking the decongestants and dizziness should I be worried. I've had it for 4 days now with a sinus infection.

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      msandrews14 3 years ago

      Can sinisitus make you feel lathargic? I am dizzy, have pressure In my forehead, and vision feels weird. I start septra tomorrow since augmentin/ amoxicillan didn't work.

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